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First, You Must Listen

19 Av 5774 – August 14, 2014
Blind obedience is not a virtue in Judaism. God wants us to understand the laws He has commanded us

The Fewest Of All Peoples

11 Av 5774 – August 6, 2014
Israel shows the world that a people does not have to be large in order to be great.

Moses: Leading And Teaching

When someone exercises power over us, they diminish us; when someone teaches us, they help us grow.

Leadership In Time Of Crisis

27 Tammuz 5774 – July 25, 2014
Ours is a small and intensely vulnerable people. Inspired, we rise to greatness. Uninspired, we fall

Prescriptions For Conflict Resolution

19 Tammuz 5774 – July 17, 2014
The negotiation between Moses and the tribes of Reuven and Gad is a model of conflict resolution.

‘Be Not Afraid Of Greatness’

2 Iyyar 5774 – May 1, 2014
God’s “name” is therefore His standing in the world. Do people acknowledge Him, respect Him, honor Him?


25 Nisan 5774 – April 24, 2014
The very act of learning in rabbinic Judaism is conceived as active debate, a kind of gladiatorial contest of the mind.

To Ask Is To Grow

15 Nisan 5774 – April 14, 2014
In Judaism, to be without questions is a sign not of faith, but of lack of depth.

Sprints And Marathons

11 Nisan 5774 – April 10, 2014
You perpetuate a transformative event by turning it into a ritual.

Leading Well Begets Greatness

18 Adar II 5774 – March 20, 2014
There is much in this episode that is hard to understand, much that has to do with the concept of holiness and the powerful energies it released that, like nuclear power today, could be deadly dangerous if not properly used. But there is also a more human story about two approaches to leadership that still resonates with us today.

The Sins of a Leader

5 Adar II 5774 – March 6, 2014
Nasi is the generic word for a leader: a ruler, king, judge, elder, or prince. Usually it refers to the holder of political power.

Celebrating by Walking Tall

28 Adar I 5774 – February 28, 2014
The account of the construction of the Tabernacle in Vayakhel-Pekudei is built around the number seven.

Creating a Team that Builds

21 Adar I 5774 – February 21, 2014
Vayakhel is Moses’ response to the wild abandon of the crowd that gathered around Aaron and made the golden calf.

Restoring Order and Maintaining Peace

14 Adar I 5774 – February 14, 2014
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you fail. Such is life.

The Counterpoint of Leadership

6 Adar I 5774 – February 6, 2014
In Judaism, monarchy had little or no religious function.

The Home We Build Together

29 Shevat 5774 – January 30, 2014
So long as every crisis was dealt with by Moses and miracles, the Israelite default response was complaint.

Vision and Details

23 Shevat 5774 – January 23, 2014
Two laws have to do with the Israelites’ experience of being an oppressed minority:

The Politics of Revelation

16 Shevat 5774 – January 17, 2014
Only in Judaism was God’s self-disclosure not to an individual or a group (the elders) but to an entire nation.

Looking Up

8 Shevat 5774 – January 9, 2014
A fundamental principle of leadership is being taught here.

Education: the Key to Success

1 Shevat 5774 – January 2, 2014
Moses did not speak about today or tomorrow. He spoke about the distant future.

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